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Group Finance Director - Hilding Anders AB

Hilding Anders Group (HA Group), by heritage, a leading bedding and mattress group with a history of 160 years. Its’ products range from premium brand to private label with some of the brand divisions covering all major international markets. At present, there are 26 brands within the group spread across 5 divisions. The core brands are Carpe Diem Beds, Jensen, Hilding, Slumberland, Askona and Bico. HA Group was acquired by KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC (KCA) in 2016, having consolidated the European bedding and mattress industry through a series of acquisitions over the previous 15 years. Since the change of ownership, the business has re-structured its operations and centralized cost centers across the brand portfolio, generating in FY19 revenues in excess of €1billion with an EBITDA in excess of €100 million.

HA Group is headquartered around in Malmö, Sweden, has over 9,500 employees across 19 countries and operates ca 1,200 retail outlets in Russia, China, and Croatia. The home market, Sweden, today represents less than 10% of net sales. Find out more at www.hildinganders.com

HA Group is now looking for a new Group Finance Director 

The Group Finance Director will serve as a business partner and co- driver to the CFO in matters related to Treasury, Statutory Accounting and Group Consolidation, Tax, Risk Management and certain Legal matters. The Finance Director should further provide strategic direction and leadership for financial and legal planning. The Finance Director should ensure stability and strengthen relationships with the financial market.

Main focus for this position is Treasury with a strong focus on debt structures and facility agreements, and cash management, Tax, Statutory Accounting and Group Consolidation, and Legal planning/structuring, where 50% roughly counts for Treasury. The FD will work closely with the Russian JV operations of the Group in charge of the majority owner’s legal and tax matters in Cyprus and Russia.

We offer

The position as Group Finance Director offers a challenging opportunity to be a part of a group of highly professional employees in an industry leading international company. You will be a part of a company having a reputation of quality and enjoying a positive brand recognition. The Group Finance Director will be a major contributor to the transformation plan for the Group in accelerating growth and creating value by radically transforming the business.

You will be offered an autonomous role, pivotal to the future success of the business. The role is based in Malmö and reports to the Group CFO.


  • Degree in BSc or MSc in International Economics and Business Administration or equivalent.
  • A successful track record as Finance Director or alternatively as Head of Treasury in a broader role of a reasonably sized international business and will ideally have operated in a fully integrated industry.
  • Strong functional experience within Treasury. Also good knowledge of Consolidation, Accounting, Tax and Legal matters is seen as important.
  • Hands-on experience of all the various cash flow drivers including working capital and understand the levers to navigate tight financial debt covenant situations.
  • Experience of change management including people, processes and culture.
  • Several years of experience in a qualified similar role, preferably in a p/e-owned business.

Personal characteristics

  • Visionary leadership with high working capacity
  • Ability to motivate and effectively manage and delegate the workforce
  • A confident and persuasive communicator across all functions internally and with clients at all levels. This should be combined with excellent listening skills.
  • An approachable team builder who is supportive yet directive when necessary
  • Results-oriented generalist with a good understanding of sales and marketing
  • Self-motivated, can-do attitude
  • Mature, personally and professionally

In this recruitment HA Group is cooperating with K2 Search. For further information about the role please contact Ingvild Solheim Bobek, tel. +46 733 667585. All applications and contacts remain confidential. Selection is ongoing so do not wait to submit your application. Please submit your application via www.k2search.se